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Promoting British Values at Winterslow School
The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Winterslow, these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways we teach and encourage our children to be responsible young citizens. We keep an up to date audit of all such teaching and learning opportunities.
Each year the children decide upon their class charter and the rights associated with these. All the children contribute to the drawing up of the charter and sign.
Children have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised in class council meetings. The council has its own budget and is able to genuinely effect change within the school. The school council members for each year group are voted in by their class. Our school has four houses. When children begin at our school they are allocated a house and work collaboratively to earn rewards. Each house has a captain. Children in year six can put themselves forward to become the new captain for their house. They set forward their manifesto in a whole school assembly and every child in the school votes for their preferred leader. When there have been General Elections we have had a votong poll station at school and children were involved in choosing whether to stay or leave the Euopean Union.Children .Through this they will learn about the U.K’s democratic society and how this works.
The Rule of Law
The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.(Look for discreet places on curriculum grids)
Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it be through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.
Children are rewarded for making good behavioural choices. We use house our gems , Golden time and celebration assembly to promote the success of individuals and model our expecations in a positive fashion. At our school we embrace individuality and we have a moonstone gem that celebrates this.
Mutual respect and compassion is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. Our ruby learning gem teaches our children how good it feels to be able to help others. We encourage mutual respect by inviting our pre school and OAP’s to share with us special occasions. Many members of our community have come into school to share their life experiences and their role in the community. Children are encouraged to treat all members of our school community with the same respect. Lunchtime and after school provision follow the same sanctions and rewards ensuring children understand the continuity of expectation. Children have pictures of the people who clean their classrooms in their room, so they can appreciate what they do for us. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and our staff model impeccably friendship, manners and humour.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Winterslow is situated in an area which is not greatly culturally diverse, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Our Global Learning and our creative curriculum successfully embeds and teaches discretely, through whole school topics our commitment to engaging the children with examples of diversity. Our RE and PSHE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged .to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. We invite members of different faiths to share this with our children. This year we have had Sikh and Jewish visitors.We have invested in lots of books that encourage the children to ask questions and challenge stereotypes.
We are a connecting classroom school and our children have direct experience of meeting and communicating with people from a completely different cultural background.Our links with Rugarama School are firm and engagement between the children ensures shared learning.
At Winterslow we will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Our older children through teaching and questions understand the concept of racism and it’s social unacceptabilty
Our Values Prayer Walk
"Becoming the best we can be."
Winterslow CE primary school is committed to enabling all pupils to become the best they can be. We will support, challenge and develop in everyone a love of learning through a Christian, creative and supportive environment. Through building partnerships between home and school, we will prepare every child for the challenges and opportunities of the future.
We will do this by inspiring and empowering our children to:-
Explore: By exploring, generating new ideas and seeking solutions, our children will think and question. Through observing, experimenting, designing and creating, our children will gain knowledge and skills ensuring they become lifelong learners.
Discover: Children discover who they are whilst developing their own spirituality and understanding of the World. By focusing on all the Christian Values our children will develop their own uniqueness and individuality which we celebrate.
Sparkle: Using our 7 learning gem powers our children will shine brightly. Acquiring each of these qualities and skills, our children will become confident and successful learners.
At Winterslow School the Christian principles of trust, thankfulness, responsibility and passion are the fundamental factors, which underpin the ethos and curriculum of the school.
We are a Church school and are proud of our Christian identity and ethos. We aim to provide and encourage:
‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself’ Mark 12.31
‘For all things come from you, O God’ 1 Chronicles 29.14
‘For we are each responsible for our own conduct’ Galatians 6.5
‘Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God’ 1 Corinthians 10.31